Artesa Winery

Foss Valley Ranch Vineyard

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Atlas Peak
Release Date December 2018
  • Grown at 1,500 feet elevation, this acclaimed vineyard yields intense aromas, concentrated flavors and supple fine tannins
  • Hand-sorted and fermented in 500L new French oak puncheon
  • Winemaker Ana Diogo-Draper showcases the classic mountain fruit of Atlas Peak in a velvety wine that is both powerful and polished

Ana Diogo-Draper

Ana Diogo-Draper, Winemaker

Led by Winemaker Ana Diogo-Draper, the winery employs both traditional and modern techniques to create wines that experience minimal manipulation between harvest and bottling. Fermentations are conducted in both stainless steel and wood vessels, using custom-made French oak barrels. The diversity of blending by parcel and fermentation techniques creates a palate of fruit-driven wines with a complex variety of aromas and flavors. Artesa's state-of-the-art winery, built beneath the ground into a hillside, is kept naturally cool by the constant temperature of the earth surrounding it. The philosophy of winemaking at Artesa is to always be true to the place where the grapes were grown, believing that the best wines are always made in the vineyard, not the winery.
Country Born
Portugal
Winery Experience
10-15 years
Education
Ana holds a B.A. in Agriculture Engineering from the University of Evora, situated in the middle of Portugal's historic cork industry. Her experience with old world winemaking encouraged her to explore new regions and varieties, and to study a broad spectrum of subjects.

Born and raised in Portugal, Ana moved to California in 2005 to join the team at Rutherford Hill Winery. In the course of her eight-year tenure she was promoted from harvest intern to Lab Manager, and finally, Assistant Winemaker. She joined the Artesa winemaking team in 2013 as Assistant Winemaker and then Director of Winemaking in 2015. Known for her collaborative approach, she thrives in the fast-paced winery environment and excels at a wide diversity of experience from quality control assurance to creative applications such as sensory analysis and blending.
She credits her professional success to a passion for agriculture and winemaking, nurtured from a young age in Portugal when she first planted vines with family and neighbors immersed in the European tradition of wine appreciation: "I always knew I wanted to do something related to agriculture and nature. For me, "the calling" came once I took my first winemaking class. I enjoy the creative aspect of winemaking "blending is a true alchemy and it has been a thrill to discover what kind of styles and approaches I most enjoy."